As you can imagine, we received many gifts when we found out we were expecting Penny and also after her birth. I’ve said before that I didn’t want a ton of baby “things” and that still holds true. However, my mother never got that memo (well, she did but she’s an excited grandmother) and went completely overboard. I appreciate her gesture, but it is overwhelming to go through numerous garbage bags full of baby clothes and toys multiple times. I’ve gone through and donated items to some less fortunate mamas and that makes me feel good. Now that Penny is 5 months old I’m starting to go through and evaluate what we want to keep for future babies. Here are some of the things we have, and what we plan on doing with them.
–Baby swing: keeping. Penny still uses it, and it was a shower gift brand new, so it stays. The only time it gets used is when I shower, and then it’s presence is invaluable.
– Pack N Play:keeping. We’ve used this as a changing table and I’m anticipating using it as Penny grows.
–Bouncer: Not sure. We got a pink bouncer brand new (we wanted the big items all gender neutral, which they are) but I don’t know if it is worth storing for 2-3 years or so.
–Bumbo Baby Seat: Probably selling. They can easily be purchased on Craigslist usually.
–Crib: keeping, as it was purchased brand new with an organic crib mattress.
-Outgrown clothing: keeping some of it, donating the excess and items I wouldn’t use anyway. There’s no sense in keeping a million baby clothes.
All of the larger items that were purchased new and that are gender neutral we’ll most likely keep. Items that were purchased second hand that still have life left will most likely be sold on Craigslist or gifted to a friend. There are so many baby items that you can buy second hand it’s not even funny.
What really gets me is that people say you need a ton of things for baby, and having babies is so expensive, when really, you can do it so cheaply. Pretty much the only things we’ve really needed and used for Penny are cloth diapers, boobies (for milk), a wrap or carrier. clothes, and a safe place to sleep. It truly is amazing how little you really need. It is nice to have somewhere to set them down when you need to, but you can always lay them on a blanket on the floor.
What baby items did you decide to keep, and which ones did you get rid of?